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Fr Andrew's April Message

Dear Friends in Christ, By the time you read this, we shall be celebrating Easter. This year, Easter is almost the earliest it can be. Indeed it seems we have only just finished Christmas let alone lent! Never mind Holy Week!! During Lent and Passiontide many of us are familiar with the Stations of the Cross. On this journey we follow Jesus on the Way of the Cross. Indeed, the Stations are permanently sited around the S. Stephen’s as in so many churches. This devotion is of great help in preparing us to do as Jesus bids us, “Take up the Cross daily and follow me.” These Stations help us to enter more fully into the season of Lent. But what about Eastertide. Are there such aids to help us to

Fr Andrew's March Message

Dear Friends, The time has now come in the Church year for the solemn observance of the great central act of history, the redemption of the human race by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. In the Traditional Rite, the beginning of the forty days of penance is marked with the austere symbol of ashes which is used in the liturgy. The use of ashes is a survival from an ancient rite according to which converted sinners submitted themselves to canonical penance. The Alleluia and the Gloria are suppressed until Easter. At the beginning of Lent, on Ash Wednesday, ashes are blessed during Mass, after the homily. The blessed ashes are then "imposed" on the faithful as a sign of conversion, penance, f

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St Stephen on the Cliffs, Holmfield Road, Blackpool, FY2 9RB

An Anglican church in the Diocese of Blackburn


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